Chief Hargadine was awarded the Law Enforcement Executive of the Year award by the Iowa Police Chiefs Association. He has a lengthy history of service with time served in the U.S. Army and over 30 years in law enforcement that includes serving as a Police Captain in Columbia, Missouri, and 11 years as Iowa City's Police Chief.
During his tenure as Iowa City Police Chief, he has streamlined the department, raised the level of professionalism and made the Iowa City Police Department a place where officer recruits strive to be employed. Chief Hargadine, upon coming to Iowa, immediately dove into service for the Iowa Police Chiefs Association and for all of Iowa law enforcement. He has served on the Board of Directors for the 6th Judicial Correctional District, as liaison to the Iowa City Area Crime Stoppers Board of Directors, the Iowa Police Chiefs Association LECC Training Committee, as the Iowa Police Chiefs Treasurer and presently as the Vice-President of the Iowa Police Chiefs Association.
His efforts have benefited Iowa law enforcement agencies by providing guidance and leadership that has allowed for a legislative voice, improved training, and overall collaboration of various law enforcement agencies. "When one thinks of a law enforcement leader in the state of Iowa, Chief Sam Hargadine is most certainly one that comes to mind," stated Iowa Police Chiefs Association President Jeremy Logan. "Chief Hargadine sets that standard for law enforcement executives and is a critical asset to the law enforcement community, our association and our state."